Cardinals sign LB Darryl Sharpton to one-year deal

GLENDALE, Ariz. – Darryl Sharpton visited the Arizona Cardinals last week, and he evidently made a good impression, because they signed him to a one-year deal on Wednesday, giving the Cardinals even more depth at inside linebacker.

In order to make room for Sharpton, Arizona released safety Eddie Whitley.

Sharpton has been in the league for five years. He played with the Chicago Bears last season after spending his first four years with the Houston Texans. The Texans drafted Sharpton in the fourth-round (102nd overall) in the 2010 NFL Draft out of the University of Miami. In his four years in Houston, Sharpton played in 42 games (19 starts) before heading to Chicago, where he played in five games (two starts), had 27 tackles, two passes defensed and three quarterback pressures.

Sharpton’s best season was in 2013 with Houston. He played in 15 games (eight starts) and had a career high 87 tackles. Sharpton has played in 47 games (21 starts) and has 171 tackles (105 solo), five passes defensed, one sack, one interception, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

The Cardinals have made a concerted effort to upgrade the inside linebacker position in the offseason. They brought in Sean Weatherspoon in free agency, and four of the undrafted rookies the team signed – Alani Fua, Edwin Jackson, Andrae Kirk and Gabe Martin – have all played inside linebacker as well.

In addition, the Cardinals have veterans Kevin Minter, Glenn Carson and Kenny Demens, plus they’re waiting to see how things shake out with Daryl Washington and how much of him they’ll have this season, depending on what the league does in regards to his domestic violence situation.

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